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Under Lowland Eyes: David Balfour in the Land of the Jacobites

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Mapping of 18th-century Scotland in Kidnapped

Stella Moretti    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



This article explores the relationship between travel, space and history in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped. It provides a mapping of the protagonist’s movement, highlighting the historical implications conveyed in the way in which the Highlands and the rest of Scotland are described. An interesting essay in literary geography, this is an attempt to provide the reader with a new perspective on Stevenson’s novel, stressing his interest in Scottish history and his attention to internal colonialism.

Keywords: Stevenson. Kidnapped. Highlands. Landscape. History. Literary geography.

Language: en

Submitted: April 8, 2016   Accepted: July 31, 2016   Published: Sept. 30, 2016  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.14277/2499-1562/AnnOc-50-16-16

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